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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Plays in ancient Greece are produced as part of what type of ceremony?
(a) A eulogy.
(b) A pilgrimage.
(c) An offering.
(d) A religious festival.

2. The theme of these legends is that giving in to human passion creates _________.
(a) Joy.
(b) Peace..
(c) Love..
(d) Suffering.

3. Who conspires to kill Oedipus at the end of the Background section?
(a) Eteocles and Polyneices.
(b) The Spinx.
(c) Ismene.
(d) King of Argos.

4. Plays performed in ancient Greece highlight all of the following aspects of city life, except _____.
(a) Religious life.
(b) Social life.
(c) Cultural life.
(d) Private life.

5. What is the name of the prophet that has foreseen the armies of Argos attacking Thebes soon?
(a) The Fury.
(b) Teiresias.
(c) Eteocles.
(d) The Oracle.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Oedipus' adopts father is killed, Oedipus seeks revenge and kills _______ .

2. As punishment for his crime, if Laius fathered any children, what would happen to the city of Thebes?

3. Whose appearance and description of the armies is a typical device of classical Greek theatre?

4. What is a Spinx?

5. After Oedipus' death, who rules the city of Thebes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the sense of sound used in part 2?

2. What is the role of the Scout? In your opinion is this character important to the play? Why or why not?

3. Give an example of how rebellion and defiance occurs within part 4.

4. Describe the theme of blindness.

5. Which generals' match-up do you feel was the most unfair? Explain.

6. Is Antigone just in her actions to give Polyneices a proper burial? Explain.

7. Why would the audience of this play find it ironic that Antigone and Ismene lived in the prospering city of Thebes?

8. Describe the relationship between Eteocles and Polyneices.

9. Compare and contrast Eteocles' feelings to for his city to how he actually treats his city.

10. Give two examples of the theme: power of curses as seen in the play, Seven Against Thebes.

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